200 years of rich history

Of all the bright stars among colleges in our region, none shines more brightly than Hamilton College.

This year, Hamilton is celebrating its 200th anniversary and has held numerous events to mark this special occasion.

As its website (www.hamilton.edu) points out, missionary Samuel Kirkland had a plan to educate the children of Oneida Indians and white settlers in the late 1700s. His academy had a rough 20 years, but eventually, in 1812, after some changes, Hamilton College was chartered in 1812.

Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton had consented to be a trustee of the original school.

Hamilton is the third college to be established in New York State,

Some of the activities celebrating the 200th anniversary included:

May 23: The New York State Senate passed a resolution recognizing Hamilton’s anniversary sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo and co-sponsored by Sen. David Valesky.

May 24: Hamilton representatives rang the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

May 24, U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a resolution to commemorate the 200th anniversary and to celebrate the college’s sustained commitment to its charter.

May 30: Kirkland, the town in which Hamilton is located, issued a proclamation acknowledging the College’s 200th anniversary.

For those who want to see an up-close view of Hamilton, the website describes a special bicentennial tour in celebration of the college’s 200 years.